Kicking Ice : A Graphic Novel About Women's Hockey

Created by Stephanie Phillips

Kicking Ice is about two young, female hockey players, Bella and Skye, learning to play hockey and dreaming of one day playing in the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL). Unfortunately, Bella and Skye deal with bullies who think that playing hockey isn’t for girls. Of course, Bella and Skye prove that kicking ice isn’t just for boys. This project is a celebration of women in sports and the amazing progress of the many pioneers who are helping to make professional women's hockey a reality.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

11 months ago – Fri, Mar 09, 2018 at 02:12:20 PM

Dear Kicking Ice Backers, 

I never could have anticipated the overwhelming amount of support Kicking Ice received from all of you. When I started writing Kicking Ice, it was just me, a computer, and two fluffy cats. Then, the project grew to encompass great artists, then a publisher, then the National Women's Hockey League, and then, amazingly, 779 readers, supporters, and team members. Kicking Ice is only possible thanks to your contributions.

I am honored that all of you believe in our team and this project. I set out to create a project that would honor and celebrate the amazing athletes helping to pave the way for the next generation of strong and empowered players, and I am so thrilled that you all share this goal with me. I can't thank you enough and can't begin to tell you how excited I am to get the book into your hands! 

While the campaign has ended, our entire team will continue to keep you updated on the progress of the book. Currently, we anticipate a release in late August. For those of you as impatient as I am, we will have plenty of cool stuff happening between now and then. We will be releasing a convention schedule for the creative team very soon. If you find us at any of these events, we promise to have some cool, exclusive Kicking Ice swag. 

Thank you all so much! 



Stickers Unlocked!
11 months ago – Thu, Mar 08, 2018 at 05:49:00 AM

33K and 711 backers? You know what that means... STICKERS! 

All physical orders of Kicking Ice will come with a free Thunder logo sticker to help you cheer on Bella and Skye. 

We have 25 hours left to hit our next stretch goal. At 35K we will unlock Kicking Ice bookmarks with all physical orders. 

Bonus Stretch Goals
Bonus Stretch Goals

Thank you all for helping us rock this campaign. Your support and investment in this idea have made this project a reality. We can't thank you enough! 

3 Days, 2 New Stretch Goals
11 months ago – Tue, Mar 06, 2018 at 12:55:08 AM

With three days left in the campaign, we have met our third stretch goal! This means that all copies of Kicking Ice will come with added pages filled with information about the history of women's hockey, as well as artwork from the desks of our creators. We have an amazing list of writers and artists contributing to this section of the book, which will contain information about the National Women's Hockey League, Olympic hockey, the Canadian Women's Hockey League, and much more. 

Since you helped us blast through that stretch goal so quickly, we have added a couple more goals that we think you'll really enjoy. 

Bonus Stretch Goals
Bonus Stretch Goals

Hardcover Art

We also have an update on color for the cover that we will use for the hardcover edition of Kicking Ice. The cover art is by Amanda Conner and Dave Johnson. We are so thrilled and thankful to have two amazing artists contributing to this campaign. 

Hardcover by Amanda Conner and Dave Johnson
Hardcover by Amanda Conner and Dave Johnson

 Thank you all again for your support! 

600+ Backers!
11 months ago – Sun, Mar 04, 2018 at 10:50:05 AM

We are honored to have over 600 members of the Kicking Ice community! As a thank you, here is a sneak peak at page one from Kicking Ice: 

Kicking Ice Page 1
Kicking Ice Page 1

We are very close to hitting our next stretch goal (adding a section of bonus women's hockey history and artwork). This section will feature content on the National Women's Hockey League, Olympic teams, Canadian Women's Hockey League, European women's leagues, college hockey, and more! We are so honored to have an amazing list of contributors helping us work on this section: 

  • Erica Ayala, @elindsay08
  • Mike Murphy, @DigDeepBSB
  • Hannah Bevis, @Hannah_Bevis1
  • Marisa Ingemi, @Marisa_Ingemi
  • Robyn Flynn, @robynlisaflynn 
  • Joe Pack, @JoePack
  • Jashvina Shah, @icehockeystick
  • Meredith Foster, @fosterwrites
  • Michelle Jay, @michelle_jay3
  • Matthew Waite, @MatthewWaite

All of these contributors are amazing writers and artists. We can't thank them enough for their involvement with Kicking Ice. We also encourage you to support their work and follow them online for women's hockey updates! 

Thank you so much for your continued support! 

Amanda Conner Cover Reveal!
11 months ago – Sat, Mar 03, 2018 at 07:30:29 PM

With just 5 days left in the campaign, we have an extremely exciting cover reveal. Known for her work with Marvel, Image, and DC Comics, such as her most recent run on Harley Quinn, it is an honor to have artist Amanda Conner create a cover for Kicking Ice. 

Kicking Ice Cover by Amanda Conner
Kicking Ice Cover by Amanda Conner

Amanda's beautiful cover will serve as the cover for all hardcover copies of Kicking Ice. Softcover editions will get the choice between two NWHL covers created by Lee Moder. 

Kicking Ice Covers by Lee Moder
Kicking Ice Covers by Lee Moder

We will reveal final cover colors later this weekend and we hope you are as excited about these covers as we are!